Companies of all types require cybersecurity and data protection expertise for various jobs, especially as cyber attacks and personal data breaches pose increasing threats to organisations. Employment agencies should understand the significance of complying with PDPO, EO and Code regulations in managing risk effectively – also making sure they possess all resources needed for risk mitigation.
Tech Data Distribution (Hong Kong), one of the premier global distributors and solutions aggregators for IT ecosystems, recently joined forces with Allied Telesis – an IT infrastructure solutions provider known for cloud computing and network security solutions – to enhance its portfolio with products and services that help customers address technological issues more rapidly and efficiently. As part of its partnership agreement, Allied Telesis’ expertise will also reduce infrastructure costs while strengthening Tech Data HK’s competitive advantage while strengthening business ties.
Technology has enabled many businesses to become more agile, but has also presented them with challenges. This is particularly evident for regulated industries that must protect customer privacy and comply with regulations; retail being one such sector where this issue has arisen. As consumers seek convenience and transparency in service delivery, retailers should leverage technology for customer service in order to provide superior experiences for their consumers and build long-term trusting relationships with them.
To meet these challenges, Hong Kong has unveiled the DATAHK initiative in order to promote open data and support its use for economic development. As part of an industry and government collaboration, DATAHK serves as a platform for sharing information and best practices related to open data use while simultaneously increasing free flow of information and strengthening Hong Kong as a global technology hub.
The government has also formed a working group to review implementation of Section 33, which requires data users to obtain consent before sharing individuals’ personal information with third parties. While this step will go a long way towards combatting big data misuse and protecting individual privacy, its implementation could take longer than anticipated by 2021 if consensus can’t be reached within this Working Group on how best to do it.
Furthermore, the Working Group suggested that the government consider establishing an independent body to review the impact of new laws and legislations, to enable an objective approach and safeguard integrity of legislations; increasing public confidence regarding protection of personal data in Hong Kong.
The working group advised the government to implement a unified framework for personal data protection that meets international standards, in order to give effect to PDPO and maximize its potential and contribute to Hong Kong’s economic success. Furthermore, such an action will boost competitiveness within Hong Kong and help draw in foreign investments.